“Visiting Etosha National Park is one of Namibia’s most exceptional adventures.” This is how Namibia Tourism describes the experience of discovering one of the country’s most astounding wilderness areas. Onguma- the Fort is set along the Eastern boundary of this majestic expanse with its guests having all that Etosha offers, outside their doors.
Wilna from The Fort explains that the lodge looks out across Fischer’s pan, which is in Etosha. She says, “Game drives can be taken into the park with our guides and then additional activities can be experienced on the reserve with us too.”
Etosha is a wildlife sanctuary of over 27,000 square kilometers and has a protected status so it has been preserved in its remarkable natural state for all visitors to immerse themselves in. The tourism board claims that Etosha provides a new experience even for seasoned wildlife viewers and some of Onguma- the Fort’s recent guests would tend to agree heartily, according to their Trip Advisor reviews.
A recent guest from the UK had praised The Fort in his review by saying,
“Not to brag, but to give this review some context, we are well-travelled, and we’ve stayed at some of the world’s finest properties. And The Fort at Onguma is near the top of that list! From driving in at sunset and seeing giraffes in silhouette on the horizon to the smallest details, our stay was outstanding. While the setting is spectacular, what makes the property a cut above the rest, a big cut, is the people and attention to detail…”
The lodge gazes over the dramatic landscape of the Etosha Pans, providing views of wildlife scenes, birds and Camel Thorn trees. The Fort has been described as having a classical African feel fused with a touch of Moroccan and Indian characteristics too. Lions often come to drink at the floodlit waterhole in front of the lodge too. To the delight of the guests, luxurious accommodation is offered in the form of 12 mini bush-suites, each with splendid views from large decks and romantic outdoor showers. There is also the Sultan suite which is magnificent and a honeymoon suite.
Activities at Onguma- the Fort include game drives into Etosha, Rhino Research drives with experienced researchers and unforgettable guided bush walks. These bush walks have been a highlight of many guests’ stays and are a very unique nature-based activity. They are called “interpretive bush walks” by the lodge. Guides recommend them because they bring guests closer to nature by exposing them to the intimate detail of the surroundings.
Wilna from the lodge describes the appeal of the bush walks by saying, “Africa takes on a new perspective when you experience it on foot as the first explorers did. A bush walk is a unique physical, mental and spiritual adventure through nature.” She elaborates on the joys of a wild walk by saying, “Walks are on Onguma’s 34 000 hectare land where 4 of the “big five” roam free, so you never know what you might encounter. They’re a great alternative if you have been on game drives for a few days of your trip and need to stretch your legs and experience the bush first hand.”
These guided walks take place in the early mornings and give guests the rare opportunity to watch wild animals going about their day in the African bushveld, from the ground-level. Walkers also get the chance to learn about the little things like insects, birds and small mammals as well as game trails and spoor identification.
The guided walks last for about 2.5hrs and are an additional activity at extra cost to The Fort’s guests who wish to walk on the wilder side.
Pack in your walking shoes and find your spirit of African adventure. There is plenty of it at Onguma-The Fort.